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Education Dept. Seeks Strategies to Improve College-Completion Efforts

The U.S. Department of Education has asked colleges and universities to report on their successful strategies toward achieving President Obama’s goal of the United States having the highest percentage of postsecondary-degree holders in the world by 2020. In a notice scheduled to appear in Monday’s Federal Register, the department is reaching out to institutions of higher education, as well as states and nonprofit organizations, for strategies that have worked. The reported best practices, the notice says, will be posted online in due course. In line with that effort, the education secretary, Arne Duncan, plans to hold a symposium on Monday devoted to college completion.

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